Achondroplasia Dwarfism

     Achondroplasia, the second type of dwarfism, translates into, “short extremities.” Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism and is estimated to be in over 25-50% of miniature horses. Achondroplasia dwarves have normal sized bodies and heads, but noticeably smaller upper legs and ears. The backs of the Achondroplasia dwarf are often longer than the normal miniature horse’s and their legs are sometimes contracted and even have loose tendons. Achondroplasia dwarves are able to live fairly normal lives but often times are afflicted with premature arthritis.